Sunday, December 24, 2006

Experience Christmas

Christmas is a time where many of us focus on family and visit with relatives that we have not seen in a long time. It is a time where children unwrap presents with so much enthusiasm that we get our digital cameras and video cameras ready. It is a time of joy and celebration.

We buy special gifts for those we love and get in touch with that human quality that makes the world a better place - giving.

Christmas can be a lot of fun but sometimes it can be easy to get lost in the holiday season. Trying to keep up with all the buying and wrapping and not to say the money that is being spent can lead to stress. For some people it is a hard time of the year. Some people do not have families to share this day with with and others are poor in the streets and can not buy their children presents.

Last year our life group (small group at church) was able to help a family in need buy gifts for their children. As I talked over the phone with the parents they told me the list of toys that their children had asked for and were hoping to receive. I took note and gave the list to someone in our group to buy the presents. We all chipped some money to make this a reality. It was an incredible feeling to be able to give to this family and know that we were able to make their Christmas special. It was a reminder to all of us that not everyone has everything that we many times take for granted.

Well, during this time of the year hopefully we can all remember the purpose of the holiday season and not get lost in all the commercialism. Let us remember that it is a time of giving and loving on those we cherish.

Hopefully we can also remember that it is a time of the year when God gave the greatests of all gifts. Approximately 2000 years ago God sent us his one and only Son to come and live in our world and intermingle with humanity. This little baby that was worshipped by sheperds, wise men and angels was born in a humble manger. He entered the world poor so that we could become rich in faith and find everlasting joy. May we bow our heads this holiday season and new year and worship as the wise men and sheperds did nearly 2000 years ago and experience the miracle of Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

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